Although general revelation is a sufficient basis for judgment, it in itself does not reveal the gospel special revelation is the appearance or manifestation of specific communication, especially involving god’s redemptive will the most compelling example is the coming of jesus christ to earth to reveal the father and to provide our redemption.
A more common distinction among reformed theologians is the distinction between general revelation and special revelation article 2 of the belgic confession (on the means by which we know god) states the distinction in the following words. Special revelation general revelation, whether immediate or mediate, is directed to all men it is, however, “not sufficient to give that knowledge of god, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation” (westminster confession of faith, i1) general revelation does not reveal jesus christ or his work of redemption for sinners.
What else does general revelation teach us general revelation places the burden on christians to share the gospel as shared previously, general revelation cannot save anyone it should draw people to seek god, and if they are faithful to the revelation given, scripture says he will give more. Special revelation refers to the more specific truths that can be known about god through the supernatural in regard to general revelation, psalm 19:1-4 declares, “the heavens declare the glory of god the skies proclaim the work of his hands. General revelation, understood as the physical world or creation, is the first book special revelation, the bible, is the second book because god is the author of both books--the physical world and the bible--so the argument goes, there can be no disagreement between the two books. Revelation in terms of “two books” general revela-tion, understood as the physical world or creation, is the first “book” special revelation, the bible, is the second “book” because god is the author of both “books”—the physical world and the bible— so the argument goes, there can be no disagree-ment between the two books.
Bibliography: vandenberg, mary l what general revelation does (and does not) tell us perspectives on science and christian faith 621 (2010): 16-24-----[ 1 ] vandenberg, mary l what general revelation does (and does not) tell us perspectives on science and christian faith 621 (2010): 16-24 [ 2 ] ibid, 20 [ 3 ] ibid, 24. General revelation does not provide sufficient information for the gospel message the gospel, which is the death, burial, and resurrection of jesus, is found in the bible.
General revelation is available to everyone who lives, or has lived but for the most part humanity ignores the witness of general revelation and live their lives as if there were no god general revelation does not tell us anything very specific about the creator and is best understood in light of his more directed revelation of himself in the bible.
Nevertheless, diehi argues that if general revelation ‘includes both knowledge of god and knowledge of creation, and if it is an objective and infallible revelation, then not only does theology have a reliable and divinely authoritative source but so does science’ 17 however, as diehi acknowledges, such a conclusion is conditional upon showing that general revelation does indeed include ‘knowledge of creation’ and if so, to what extent.